After making the playoffs for the first time since 2010, the Denton Broncos finally have a system in place under coach Kevin Atkinson.
AUSTIN — It wasn’t the way Denton senior Juan Campos envisioned his high school athletic career coming to an end. Instead, Campos, the third leg on Denton’s 400-meter relay team, was being carted up the stairs at Mike A. Myers Stadium by medical personnel following the team’s last-place finish at the UIL state track and field meet.
Will Crouch signs a national letter of intent to play tennis for Austin College as his parents, Tim Crouch and Camille Milner, look on Wednesday at the Denton High School field house.. Crouch was the District 5-5A runner-up in singles and competed in the Class 5A Region I tournament in Lubbock.
LUBBOCK — Denton coach Justin Schuff knew his runners had more in them after Friday’s prelims at the Class 5A Region I meet at the R.P. Fuller Track Complex at Texas Tech University.
In the top of the seventh with the Boswell Pioneers threatening to tie the game with the bases loaded after chasing Denton starter Malik Minter from the game, Denton coach Nick Buck didn’t see the full play, but as the ball hit off the Boswell bat, he thought the game would be tied at 4.
The Denton Broncos boys track team set a goal from the very beginning of the season – to be district champions.
As the spring football season arrives today for the Denton Broncos after one of the most prolific seasons in program history, the coaches prepare for a miniature season of observing and evaluating while the players come together as a team and work on elevating their strength to new levels.
A day before Monday’s Class 5A regional tournament at McLeod Tennis Center in Lubbock, with uncertainty of not knowing who he would play, Will Crouch joked to his hitting partner about being matched against the top-seeded player out of Everman in the first round.
The Class 5A Region I tournament at the Rawls Golf Course in Lubbock fell victim to the weather and winds as play was suspended at 2 p.m. on Monday.
Before each round of golf, Denton junior Patrick Mercer talks to his teammates, sometimes about physics or other subjects, but what he really prefers to do before playing to calm his nerves, help him focus and motivate him is listening to R&B music.
After winning his first two matches on the first day of the District 5-5A tournament at the Hurst Tennis Center on Tuesday, Denton’s Will Crouch would have been content ending his high school career with a win against Wichita Falls’ Graham Dunkelberg, knowing he was about to face top-seeded Jansan Rouillard from Wichita Falls Rider as a heavy underdog.
Each time Denton was faced with a challenge Wednesday, the Lady Broncos were unfazed. With Natasha Kissell anchoring the defense and aiding Denton’s offensive rebuttals, the Lady Broncos found the answers to beat Wichita Falls 6-4 in a District 5-5A game.
The past three games between Denton (14-4-2, 9-4-1) and Lake Dallas (14-5-2, 10-2) were scoreless defensive struggles. Friday flipped that script, with Lake Dallas taking control early and dominating at Denton for a 3-0 win in the Class 5A Region 1 Bi-District playoff game.
The Denton High School soccer programs are on the rise. With two new coaches at the helm, the boys’ team clinched its first district title since 2007 under Ryan Dunlevy in his first season with the squad, and the girls’ team made the playoffs for the first time since 2009 under Rocky Monk in his second season with the team.
Denton coach Nick Buck knew the Broncos’ offense was still a work in progress and in the final inning, Denton had the game-tying run at the plate, however it couldn’t overcome the tough first inning and complete the comeback, falling 7-4 against Fort Worth Brewer in the first game of District 5-5A play.
Life didn’t exactly pan out the way Cotton Nix wanted to. That’s not to say he’s unhappy with the outcome, but his journey from a baseball player at Denton High School to its head coach to his career as a scout for the Texas Rangers and Houston Astros hasn’t come without some twists and turns along the way.
In his first season as Denton’s head coach, Nick Buck isn’t trying to reinvent the wheel.
SOUTHLAKE — With Denton specializing in its own brand of high-strung and aggressive trapping defense, the Broncos came into Wednesday’s Class 5A area-round playoff game hoping to tire out Birdville and keep its shooters from catching fire. The Broncos limited the Hawks in stretches, but ultimately Birdville’s shooters earned enough open looks and knocked down enough contested shots to do critical damage as they defeated Denton 74-58.
The boys basketball playoffs are set to begin this week for six Denton-area teams while the Argyle and Sanger girls remain alive and venture into third-round action.
Three games into District 5-5A play, the Denton Broncos are doing their best impression of a chameleon, using different looks to disguise themselves and their attacks.